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Stephen Yulish was always interested in UFOs and was a member of NICAP and APRO in the 1960s after reading Project Bluebook. He studied astronomy and exobiology at Case Western Reserve University and graduated in 1969. He eventually became a History Professor at The University of Arizona for seven years where he visited Allen Hyneck's Tucson group. He became interested in Bible Prophecy after he had a headon collision with Jesus Christ in 1988. He is presently disabled with MS and writes about endtime scenarios. Email Stephen Yulish. Visit Stephen Yulish's website.

Deconstructing UFOs in this Post Modern World
by Stephen Yulish PhD

Posted:
14:00 January 29, 2008

Much of the current search for meaning in academic circles centers on the concept of deconstruction. First developed by German philosopher Martin Heidegger over a century ago and later further expanded by social theorists Derrida and Foucault, deconstruction means to take apart, to not only reverse commonly accepted beliefs but to change them as well. It forces the participant to dig out and question the basic underlying assumptions of any disciplinary construct. One can therefore deconstruct any particular sociological or philosophical theory. One can deconstruct Freudian psychoanalytical theory as well as Darwinian concepts of natural selection. One can deconstruct the written history of the Vietnam War or the Sixties Hippie movement, the Age of Aquarius. It just means to question the underlying assumptions of a particular discipline or concept or historical time period.

My major advisor in graduate school was a prominent albeit controversial Freudian Marxist historian who taught me to question everything about American society. He was branded as a so called revisionist historian who painted a different picture of American society than traditional historians. Over thirty years ago, he taught me to deconstruct American history and to point out the basic underlying intrinsic assumptions of American society including its racism, sexism and social inequality. He taught me that Karl Marx wrote that religion was the opiate of the people and Freud wrote that religion was an illusion. Believe it or not, I was this man's personal research assistant for three years. I carried this deconstructionist training into my teaching at the University of Arizona even though I actually was more of a Jungian liberal than a Freudian Marxist at the time.

This ongoing intellectual movement to question the basic underlying assumptions of nearly everything has taken place in the context of what is called a Post Modern world by this same intelligentsia. The former Czech president Vaclav Havel described this Post Modern world best as a world where 'everything is possible and nothing is certain'. It is a relativistic world where the Post Modern atheist is absolutely certain that absolutes don't exist!

So how do we deconstruct the UFO experience in this Post Modern world? It will not be easy but it will I believe reveal many of our underlying assumptions that prevent us from finding the real, absolute truth about UFOs.

I have been studying the UFO phenomena for fifty years. Even though I have never actually seen an UFO, they have always fascinated me and I likewise have always felt that they were real and would reveal to us something very important about ourselves and our destiny. These phenomena can be historically deconstructed into two broad explanatory groups. One says that the phenomena is not real and is only a figment of the viewer's imagination or hallucinations or worse his lurid capitalist desire to generate money by writing books or doing movies etc. The other group says that the sightings are real but are being covered up by the government to prevent panic yet provide new technology to the military industrial establishment.

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